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BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Architecture

UCAS Code: K100

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £12,600 per year

In Brief:

  • This course has ARB Part 1 prescription, and recommended unconditional Part 1 Validation from the RIBA*
  • You will work on several live projects across Greater Manchester and potentially abroad over the three year degree
  • You will be taught in purpose built design studios located in our brand new New Adelphi building. These carefully designed spaces house the specialist equipment and tools you’ll need to inspire your creativity and execute your ideas
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Having recently achieved recommended unconditional Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects* (RIBA), this course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the Architects Registration Board and provides the crucial first stage in your seven-year education to become a chartered architect.

Working on live briefs across Greater Manchester and beyond, you will study the theories, techniques and technologies that influence and shape the built environment for its users. Studio work in our new facilities constitutes at least half of assessed work, in addition to contemporary academic modules  in  related areas. Our carefully designed open plan studio provides an inspiring environment for you to develop your ideas and allows architecture students from across all three years of the course to work collaboratively and share ideas and best practice. Additionally, field study visits form an important  part  of this course and may be both in the UK and abroad.

Ranked 5th in the UK and 36th in the world for Architecture and Built Environment teaching (QS world ranking 2017), the School of the Built Environment is committed to ensuring that the knowledge you develop and the skills you learn will prepare you for the next stage of your journey, whether that be  in  industry or further study.


Here at the University of Salford we have an active architecture student society that organises extra-curricular trips abroad as well as additional study sessions. Follow Architechnique on Facebook and Instagram to see what they get up to!

*subject to confirmation by the RIBA Education Committee

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Course Details

This course will develop and inform your understanding of the skills needed to practice as a chartered architect. Having recently achieved recommended unconditional Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects* (RIBA) and designed to satisfy the requirements of the Architects Registration Board (ARB criteria for Part 1 and the QAA benchmark statement), this course provides the crucial first stage in the seven-year education of an architect.  

Encompassing planning and pre-design, design, construction, operation and re-construction; this course will offer an opportunity for students from different courses to study together through multi disciplinary projects. The course promotes an action learning approach, with a focus on the workplace and current practice-based developments.

Year 1

In your first year you will develop a basic understanding of architectural spatiality and the relationship between form/space/material/tectonics. Studio-based modules will be complemented by lecture and seminar based modules which will challenge you to think creatively and mould your own ideas.

Modules may include:

  • Design Studio 1A 
  • Design Studio 1B 
  • Design Representation and Modelling 
  • History and Theory of Architecture 1
  • Principles of Architectural Structures 
  • Introduction to Building Services and Systems 

Year 2

During your second year of the course you will consider the performance of buildings from different perspectives and learn how to design according to performance criteria, linking this with conceptual frameworks. As the year progresses, the focus of design moves to a more urban scale, whilst history and theory modules develop in complexity. An optional overseas study visit also takes place during your second year.

Modules may include: 

  • Design Studio 2
  • History and Theory of Architecture 2
  • Construction Technology in Architecture 
  • Performance Modelling and Integrated Design
  • Principles of Sustainable Built Environments  
  • Multidisciplinary Project 

Year 3

In your final year you will apply and combine all the theoretical concepts and technical and creative skills that you have developed throughout the course in an architectural design project. You will also study additional modules ensuring that you are well prepared to continue onto the second stage of your architecture education.

Modules may include:

  • Design Studio 3 
  • Design Research Project
  • Re-creating the City - Re-use and Regeneration 
  • Design Studio 4
  • Practice Management and Law 
  • Environmental Architecture Technology

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade B or above in Maths, Grade C or above in English Language
UCAS tariff points 112 points
BTEC National Diploma DMM in a cognate discipline
Scottish Highers 112 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 points
International Baccalaureate 31 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

The Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) is not available for Architecture applicants.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Applicants will need to have a minimum grade B pass in Maths and grade C pass in English Language at GCSE (or equivalent). A mixture of science/maths and humanities/arts subjects is preferred at A level or equivalent qualification. All candidates must submit a portfolio. Letters of verification confirming that the portfolio is the applicant’s own work must accompany the portfolio. For example, the letter can be on the School/ College headed paper and signed by a tutor. In the case of mature students, the letter should be written and signed by someone with connections to the industry.

Guidance for portfolio preparation and submission are provided. Please, make sure you follow the recommendations. The portfolio should be sent to the Administrator at the School Office at

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student.  Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the built environment.  

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important.  The built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.  

The modern built environment industry relies on a multidisciplinary team based approach to work.  In this programme you will have the opportunity to work in group, so it is essential that you are a good team player.   

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of architectural design.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,600 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.  Field study visits, as arranged by the School, are approximately £150.00.


Student Work

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  • Studio design projects
  • Tutorials
  • Multi-disciplinary projects with other disciplines
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest lecturers and guest critics field trips (UK and abroad)


The mix of assessment will be determined by its appropriateness to meet the desired learning outcomes and achieve the attainment of the module learning outcomes. The assessment will include:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Design portfolios


Architects are highly valued in many sectors and work widely throughout the AEC sector including architectural practices (i.e. Foster and Partners, KPF, etc.), design and engineering consultancy firms (ARUP, Buro Happold, BDP, etc).  Architects are also sought after by central government, local authorities, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, financial institutions, major retailers and manufacturing companies.

Links with Industry

Our experienced international programme team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, including local and international architectural practices. This strong link with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as placement opportunities.

Further Study

MArch  Architecture


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